HARBISON EDUCATION TRAVEL CLUB: 1:30 p.m. Monday at Harbison Recreation Center, 108 Hillpine Road. Call (803) 781-2214 to register.
CROOKED CREEK ART LEAGUE: 7 p.m. Monday in the art room at Crooked Creek Park, 1098 Old Lexington Highway, Chapin. Guest artist will be Stephen Chesley. www.crookedcreekart.org
SEVEN OAKS ART LEAGUE: 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 18, at Seven Oaks Park, 200 Leisure Lane, Irmo. Guest speaker will be artist and author Angela Bradburn.
GARDENDALE/GRENADIER HOMEOWNERS ASSOCIATION: General membership meeting, 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 18, at Seven Oaks Elementary School, 2800 Ashland Road, Irmo. Guest speaker will be Wally Steinhauser, owner of Wingards Nursery. Open to all residents of Gardendale, Grenadier and Gardendale Estates subdivisions. Only residents who are current with their association dues are eligible to vote; annual dues are $15 and are payable at the meeting. (803) 798-1198
IRMO DEMOCRATIC CLUB: 6:30-9:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 18, at Zorba's, 6169 St. Andrews Road. Guest speaker will be Rob Miller. RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org
NATIONAL ACTIVE AND RETIRED FEDERAL EMPLOYEES ASSOCIATION: Columbia Chapter 87 of NARFE luncheon meeting, 11:30 a.m. Friday at Seawell's, 1125 Rosewood Drive. Guest speaker will be Scott Middleton, CEO of Agape Senior. Open to all active and retired federal employees and spouses in Richland and Lexington counties.
COLUMBIA CHAPTER, SOUTH CAROLINA GENEALOGY SOCIETY: 3 p.m. Sunday at the State Museum, 301 Gervais St. Dean Hunt will give a presentation on Sherman's march through Lexington County. Visitors welcome.
PARENTS OF PRE-TEENS: Help your children ages 10-13 fight back against drugs, sex, alcohol and gangs. (803) 771-2212
SOCIALLY INTELLIGENT SISTERS: Meet new people for social activities, travel and more. Marie, (803) 743-5866
NAACP YOUTH COUNCIL: 4 p.m. the second Sunday monthly at Northminster Presbyterian Church, 6717 David St. (803) 240-0627
SIERRA CLUB/JOHN BACHMAN GROUP: 7 p.m. Monday at the USC Green Quad Learning Center for Sustainability, 1216 Wheat St., Building D. Program will feature an environmental forum for city of Columbia mayoral candidates.
WOODFIELD PARK HOMEOWNERS ASSOCIATION: 7:30 tonight at Woodfield Park Baptist Church, 1834 Morninglo Lane.
GO FIGURE: Artists group meets 6-8:30 p.m. Mondays to draw or paint live models. $20 membership fee plus $5 model fee per session. Group meets at The Village Artist Gallery, Village at Sandhill. (803) 699-8886; www.thevillageartists.com
PALMETTO PAINTERS: 10 a.m. Saturday at Green Hill Baptist Church, 1734 Augusta Road, West Columbia. Program will be Easter bunnies and Easter eggs in acrylics on a faux finish background. Pam, (803) 781-2340; www.palmettopainters.com
AGES 18 AND YOUNGER
PALMETTO ACTIVITY CENTER: Palmetto Step Team, 4-4:45 p.m. Wednesdays. Open to ages 10-14; $35 per month. Grasshoppers soccer for ages 2-3, 10-10:45 a.m. Tuesdays, ages 4-5 meet 4:30-5:15 p.m. $40 per month, equipment provided, bring a water bottle. Preregistration required. Classes meet at 105 Summit Centre Circle. (803) 865-6516
VALENTINE'S DAY CARD CONTEST: 3-6 p.m. today and Friday at Woodland Park, 6500 Old Knight Parkway. (803) 776-1096
GOLDEN EAGLE EVENING: 6 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 20, in the Chapin High School cafeteria, 300 Columbia Ave. Dancing, food, fun and fellowship for senior citizens, sponsored by Chapin High School. Free, but registration is required, call (803) 345-2246 by Friday.
PALMETTO GOLD CLUB: Seminars, classes, workshops, luncheons, game nights, book and coffee clubs, bingo and other activities for ages 55 and older at the Palmetto Activity Center, 105 Summit Centre Circle, across from Summit Middle School. (803) 865-6516
ADULT FITNESS PROGRAM: 9-10 a.m. Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays at Eastminster Presbyterian Church, 3200 Trenholm Road. Cardio, weights, flexibility, balance, interval training with a certified instructor. (803) 787-5156
CAPITAL SENIOR CENTER: R&B line dancing, 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Mondays; wear smooth-soled shoes, $5; members, $2.50. Salsa socials, lessons and dancing, 5:30-7:30 p.m. the first and third Mondays monthly, $5, members, $3. Golden Friendship Club, potluck dinner, socializing and dancing, 6:30 p.m. the second and fourth Mondays monthly; bring your favorite covered dish to share. Afternoon aerobics, 5:30-6:30 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays. Shag dance lessons and more, 5:30-6:30 p.m. Tuesdays; $4, members, $3. Tai Chi, 9 a.m., 5:45 p.m. Wednesdays and 11:15 a.m. Fridays. Qi Gong, 10-11 a.m. Wednesdays and Fridays. Trivia with Margo and Courtney, 11 a.m.-noon Wednesdays through March 10. Yoga for Peripheral Neuropathy, 1:30-2:30 p.m. Fridays. Non-members, $25 per year. 1650 Park Circle, (803) 779-1971
CAPITAL SENIOR CENTER: Friday night dances, 7:30-10:30 p.m. weekly at 1650 Park Circle (Maxcy Gregg Park). Informal ballroom dancing to live music. $5; setups provided. (803) 786-2049
U.S. AMATEUR BALLROOM DANCERS ASSOCIATION: Greater Columbia Chapter dance, 7:30-10:30 p.m. Saturday at the Hugh Dimmery Memorial Center (The Barn), 680 Cherokee Lane, West Columbia. Casual dress; nonalcoholic drinks, refreshments and snacks will be available. Complimentary dance lesson, 7:45-8:15 p.m. Admission, $8; USADance members, $5. www.usadance.us
CONTRA DANCE: 7-10:30 p.m. Saturday at the Arsenal Hill Park building, 1900 Lincoln St. (Lincoln and Laurel streets). Live music by Whistlin' Rufus, caller will be Doug Singleton. New dancers workshop 7-7:30 p.m. No partner necessary; bring clean, soft-soled, nonmarking shoes; $8, discounts available. Sponsored by Columbia Traditional Music and Dance. (803) 787-1592; www.contracola.org
BUS TRIP: Atlantic City, Philadelphia and New York City, June 12-18, $569 per person double, triple, $549; single, $838. $75 deposit payable now; balance due April 9. (803) 754-3095; (803) 736-6219
BUS TRIPS: Orlando and Winter Park, Fla., June 7-11, $475. Charleston, June 24-27, $382. Charleston, July 10; tour, lunch and shopping, $92. Nonrefundable deposit of $25. (803) 776-9127 or e-mail email@example.com
FOR ALL AGES
CONGAREE NATIONAL PARK: Visitor center open 8:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. at 100 National Park Road, Hopkins. River Trail Tromp, 10-mile wilderness hike to the Congaree River, 10 a.m. Friday; bring a lunch. Owl Prowls, 7 p.m. Fridays. Great Backyard Bird Count: Winter Birds at Congaree, 8:30-11:30 a.m. and noon-3 p.m. Saturday. Guided canoe trips, 12:30 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays. Big Tree Hike, six-mile off-trail hike, 10 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 20. Free; reservations must be made two weeks in advance. Call (803) 776-4396, ext. 0, or go to www.nps.gov/cong.
FREE FRIDAYS AT RIVERBANKS ZOO AND GARDEN: 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Fridays through Feb. 26, 500 Wildlife Parkway. Residents of Richland and Lexington counties will be admitted free; proof of residence (valid ID or property tax statement copy) required. (803) 779-8717
GREAT BACKYARD BIRD COUNT: 8-11 a.m. Saturday at the diversion dam, Riverfront Park (off Sunset Drive). Bring binoculars and water and wear comfortable shoes. Sponsored by the Columbia Audubon Society. E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
ADVENTURE CAROLINA: Edisto River trip, noon Saturday; Saluda River trip, 2 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 20; Saluda River fishing trip, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 27. Adventure Carolina is at 1107 State St., Cayce. (803) 796-4505
WINTER NATURE WALK: 10 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 20 at Sesquicentennial State Park, 9564 Two Notch Road. Casual stroll along the Jackson Creek trail for ages 6 and older. $5; seniors and ages 15 and younger, $3. Adults must accompany children 15 and younger. Pre-registration required, deadline is Friday, Feb. 19. (803) 788-2706; e-mail email@example.com
DENNY TERRACE COMMUNITY CENTER: Offering the following adaptive activities at 6720 Bishop Ave. Valentine's Day Dance for ages 18 and older, 6-8 p.m. Sunday. Family and Friends Night Out for ages 18 and older, 6-8 p.m. Wednesdays; free. Family Games and Activities, 10 a.m.-noon the fourth Saturday monthly; free. Green Thumb Gardening for all ages, 10 a.m.-noon the first Tuesday monthly; free. (803) 754-6720, ext. 204, 209 and 214
POLAR PLUNGE: Noon Saturday, Feb. 20, at Edenwood Swim Club, 300 S. Eden Drive, Cayce. $5, registration starts at 11:30 a.m. Chili contest, hot chocolate and soft drinks. Participants must sign a release form. Those 18 and younger must have a form signed by a parent who will be on-site for the plunge. (803) 796-2491, (803) 791-1849
CLASSES, WORKSHOPS, LECTURES
AGES 18 AND YOUNGER
FRIARSGATE PARK: Group guitar lessons for ages 7 and older will meet 3:30-4:15 p.m. Tuesdays, individual lessons 4:30-5 p.m.; $40/$80. Basic tap and ballet classes for ages 3-12, 6:30-7:15 p.m. Wednesdays; $45 per month. The park is at 1712 Chadford Road, Irmo. (803) 732-3220
CAROLINA CHILDREN'S GARDEN: Sessions meet at the Clemson Sandhill Research and Education Center, 900 Clemson Road. Recommended for ages 5-12, but all are welcome; registration required unless otherwise noted. Vermi-Valentines: Love Your Soil!, 3:30-5 p.m. Friday; $2. Great Backyard Bird Count: Clemson Sandhill Rally, 8:30-10 a.m. Monday; free. Green in the Garden, St. Patrick's Day Celebration, 3:30-5 p.m. Wednesday, March 17; free, drop-ins welcome. Vernal Equinox Observance, 1-2:30 p.m. Saturday, March 20; $2. Pollination Parade, 1-2:30 p.m. Saturday, March 27; $2. Egg Hunt, 3:30-5 p.m. Friday, April 2; free, drop-ins welcome. (803) 459-3212 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
PALMETTO ACTIVITY CENTER: Youth ballet classes, Tuesdays at 105 Summit Centre Circle. Ages 3-5 meet 5:30-6:15 p.m.; ages 6-9, 6:15-7 p.m.; ages 9-12, 7-7:45 p.m.; $40 per month. Beginning violin lessons for students in grades 1-5, 5:30-6:30 p.m. Wednesdays. Bring your own violin, preregistration required, $60 for six-week session. Short Chefs cooking and nutrition class for ages 4-7, 5-6 p.m. Wednesdays. $50 for a four-week session, includes chef's hat, apron and recipe book. (803) 865-6515
THE ART ELEMENTS: Read and Craft Time, 11 a.m.-noon or 12:45-1:45 p.m. the first and third Thursday monthly at 301-4 Rice Meadow Way. Story and related craft for children ages 5 and younger and their caregivers. $10; $7 for early registration (Mondays). Art Club for elementary school students meets 4-5:30 p.m. Thursdays and Fridays. $20 per session for drop-ins, $70 per month. Reservations required. (803) 419-4434
SATURDAY MUSIC ACADEMY: 9 a.m.-noon for ages 7-12, 2-5 p.m. for ages 13-18, twice monthly. Preregistration, $20; tuition is $100 per month plus $50 registration and $50 material fee (preregistration fee will be applied to tuition). Classes meet at GMG Music Center, 1053 Sparkleberry Lane Extension. (803) 206-8939; www.gmgmusiccenter.com
DANCE CLASSES: Ballet, tap, jazz, modern, lyrical and hip hop, Tuesdays at Caughman Road Park, 1800 Trotter Road, Hopkins. Ages 3-4, 5:55-6:25 p.m.; ages 5-6, 6:30-7 p.m.; ages 10 and older, 7-7:45 p.m. A session for boys in grades 2-5 will meet 5-5:45 p.m. $20 per month. (803) 783-0400
ZUMBA DANCE PARTY: 8:30-9:30 a.m. Saturdays at Seven Oaks Park, 200 Leisure Lane. Bring water bottle and comfortable shoes. (803) 772-3336
CAKE DECORATING CLASSES: 10 a.m.-noon at Michaels, 244 Harbison Blvd. Decorating with Fondant and Gum Paste, Fridays through Feb. 26. Tuition is $22.50 plus student kit. Sign up at Michaels, call (803) 407-2404 or e-mail email@example.com
TAI CHI FOR BEGINNERS: 6:30-8 p.m. Mondays at McGregor Presbyterian Church, 6505 St. Andrews Road; 10-11:30 a.m. and 7:30-9 p.m. Tuesdays , at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship Church, 2701 Heyward St. Donation for the five-month beginner session is $165; discounts for seniors, students and families. (803) 647-9283; www.taoist.org
SHEPHERD'S CENTER OF ST. ANDREWS: Adventures in Learning for ages 50 and older, 9:30 a.m. Tuesdays through March 9 at Ashland UMC, 2600 Ashland Road. New classes include "What's the Difference? A Look at Four Faiths," "America's Future in the World," "Justice from Bar and Bench," "World Class Music in the Midlands," "Dog Daze, Doggone It," "Rome: From Augustus to the Barbarians," "Things Collected: Antique, Vintage and Treasures," "Beautiful Places: A Celebration of S.C. Parks" and a beading class. Ongoing favorites include beginning and intermediate Spanish, bridge, art, quilting, classic films, creative writing and day trips. Lunch is available for $6.50, followed by entertainment or a speaker. Tuition for the 10-week program is $25. (803) 731-9394
BEGINNERS BALLROOM DANCING: Ballroom, Latin and social dancing, 7-8:30 p.m. Mondays at the Hugh Dimmery Memorial Center, 680 Cherokee Lane, West Columbia. $6; couples, $10 (10 weeks payable in advance). Preregistration required, call (803) 791-9881 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
S.C. ARCHIVES & HISTORY FOUNDATION: History of railroads lecture series, 5 p.m. Wednesdays through Feb. 24 at the Archives and History Center, 8301 Parklane Road. $30 per session; members, $25. (803) 251-0115; www.palmettohistory.org
ADVANCED HOME LAWN CARE USING INTEGRATED PEST MANAGEMENT: 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 23, at the Clemson Sandhill Research and Education Center Lake House, 900 Clemson Road. Registration is $60 (due Tuesday), includes lunch, materials and offers pesticide license recertification credits and Master Gardener continuing education credits. (803) 359-8515; www.clemson.edu/hgic
PALMETTO ACTIVITY CENTER: Tai chi, 7-8 p.m. Thursdays, bring a water bottle; $40 for a four-week session or $12 per week. Yoga for beginner to intermediate ages 18 and older, 9-10 a.m. Saturdays $40 per month, bring a mat and water bottle. Seniors 1-2-3, 9-9:45 a.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays, four-week course focusing on balance, joint mobility and flexibility for ages 55 and older; $40 per month. Ballroom dance classes, 7:30-8:45 p.m. Mondays, wear soft-soled shoes; $60 per couple for a four-week session. Line dance classes, 6:30-7:30 p.m. Tuesdays, bring a water bottle; $40 for a five-week session. Dancing Through the Ages for ages 55 and older, 1-2 p.m. Wednesdays; $35 per couple or $10 per week, wear comfortable clothing. No experience necessary for dance classes. All sessions meet at 105 Summit Centre Circle. (803) 865-6516
C-SPAN WORKSHOP: 10:30 a.m.-noon Friday, Feb. 26, at the South Carolina State Library, 1430 Senate St., Room 309. Free. Seating is limited to 55 participants, registration deadline is 5 p.m. Friday, Feb. 19. www.statelibrary.sc.gov
SHEPHERD'S CENTER OF COLUMBIA: Wednesdays through March 3 for ages 55 and older in the Leisure Ministries Building at Trenholm Road UMC, 3401 Trenholm Road. Offering yoga, bridge, acrylic and watercolor painting, music (handbells, dulcimers, singing for fun, stories of famous operas, history of jazz and swing), history (Germany in the '20s and '30s, the Middle Ages, holidays of the Hebrew Bible, great biographies), American fiction, creative writing, travel, "Creative Stew," "Volunteerism" and "Controversies in Constitutional Law." Classes meet at 9, 10, 11 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. Lunch and speaker at noon, $7 (reservations required). Tuition for unlimited classes, $25. (803) 779-4449
COLUMBIA SCHOOL OF TAI CHI: Introductory session, 4:45-5:45 p.m. Tuesdays through March 30 at Eastminster Presbyterian Church, 3200 Trenholm Road; $65. (803) 252-2204
DARWIN DAY LECTURE: "Sharing Science: Education, Activism and Advocacy," with P.Z. Myers, 6:30-7:45 p.m. Tuesday in USC's Gambrell Hall, Room 153. Sponsored by the Pastafarians of the University of South Carolina, the event is free.
SPEAKER @ THE CENTER: Carl Naylor ("The Day the Johnboat Went Up the Mountain: Stories From My Twenty Years in South Carolina Maritime Archaelogy"), noon Friday, Feb. 19, at the South Carolina State Library's Center for the Book, 1430 Senate St., Room 309. Free. (803) 734-8666, www.statelibrary.sc.gov
COLOR THEORY WORKSHOP: 10:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Feb. 20, 21, at S&S Art Supply, 1928-B Rosewood Drive. Ages 18 and older will learn the basics of color theory and create projects utilizing collage and painting with acrylic paints. $50 plus materials (not included). (803) 661-9700; http://site.sandsartsupply.com/workshops.html
GROUP FITNESS PROGRAMS: Sessions for new exercisers at Drew Wellness Center, 2101 Walker Solomon Way. SIT (Seat Inspired Training), 9 a.m. Mondays and Wednesdays; MYYOGA, 9 a.m. Mondays; M.E.L.T. (More Exercise, Less Time), 12:15 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays; and Body Balance, 6:30 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays. Call (803) 545-3200 or go to www.drewwellnesscenter.com for membership information.
LINE DANCE CLASS: 7-9 p.m. Tuesdays at Ripley's Retreat, 1230 Louis LeConte Road (off Sumter Highway, near Mr. Bunky's); $5. (803) 776-5436
RICHLAND 2 ADULT EDUCATION: Offering high school diploma, GED test preparation, HSAP remediation, WorkKeys, skills lab, English as a Second Language and adult basic education. All classes meet at the W.R. Rogers Center, 750 Old Clemson Road. Call (803) 736-8787, ext. 301, or go to www2.richland2.org/tech/rogerscenter.
FINE ART DRAWING AND PAINTING CLASSES: Mondays and Tuesdays at Quail Lane Racquet & Swim Club, 4927 Quail Lane. Drawing and watercolor, mixed media painting, 9:30 a.m.-noon Mondays. Drawing and oil, acrylic and mixed media painting, 5:30-8 p.m. Mondays and 9:30 a.m.-noon Tuesdays. www.francesmnelson.com
ZUMBA CLASSES: 7-8 p.m. Thursdays through Feb. 25 at Eastminster Presbyterian Church, 3200 Trenholm Road; $25. Call (803) 530-4289 or e-mail email@example.com to register
"A HISTORY OF THE SENSES: GLOBAL AND LOCAL, ANTIQUITY TO PRESENT:" USC lecture series, 5:30-7 p.m. Tuesdays at the S.C. Archives and History Center, 8301 Parklane Road. Led by history professor Mark Smith, this week's topic will be ""Tasting (Re)pasts." Upcoming: "Touching Moments," Feb. 23; and "When the Past Doesn't Make Good Sense," March 2. Individual lectures, $9. (803) 777-5195; www.cas.sc.edu/hist/
CAPITAL SENIOR CENTER: Winter sessions include Introduction to Art Techniques, 1-3 p.m. Tuesdays through March 9, $50; members, $25. Breakfast for your Brain, for ages 50 and older, 8:30-9:30 a.m. Tuesdays through Feb. 23; $5 for CSC members; $15 for nonmembers. The Life and Stories of Flannery O'Connor, 2-3:30 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays through March 25. All other activities are free for CSC members; $25 per year for non-members. (803) 779-1971
RICHLAND 1 ADULT EDUCATION CLASSES: Adult literacy, 8:30 a.m.-12:15 p.m. Mondays-Wednesdays; free. English as a Second Language, 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Mondays-Thursdays and 6-8 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays; fees vary. GED preparation, 9 a.m.-noon Mondays-Thursdays and 6-8 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays at various sites in the community. Students cannot be currently enrolled in high school, $50. High school diploma, 8:20 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Mondays-Thursdays; half credit, $25, full credit, $50. For ages 17 and older with 16 credits. HSAP math prep, 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Tuesdays-Thursdays and 6-8 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays; $25. All classes meet at the Adult Education Office, 2612 Covenant Road, unless otherwise noted. Call (803) 343-2935 to register.
ART BASICS: 6-8 p.m. Mondays at Art Shack Gallery Cafe, 2701-A Rosewood Drive. Six-week session taught by Mary How covers fundamentals of drawing, painting and clay; $150 (includes materials). (803) 269-8730 or go to www.angelfishcreations.com to register.
CITIZENS' POLICE ACADEMY: Lexington Police Department is seeking applicants for the spring session, which will meet 7-9 p.m. Tuesdays, March 9-May 4 at the department's training facility. Curriculum includes an overview of police operations and organization, introduction to community oriented policing, patrol functions, criminal investigations and narcotics. Applicants must be age 21 or older, a resident or business owner in the town of Lexington and pass a background check. Cpl. Doug Lee, (803) 359-6260
LINE DANCE CLASS: 7-9 p.m. Thursdays at Ozzie's Country Island, 1420 Charleston Highway, West Columbia; $5. (803) 776-5436
BASIC SHAG LESSONS: 2:30 p.m. Sundays at the Batesburg Music and Dance Academy, 112-C W. Church St., Batesburg-Leesville. Six-week session, $90 couples; singles, $60. (803) 924-1231
ZUMBA FITNESS CLASSES: 9-9:50 a.m. Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays through Feb. 22, at Lexington Baptist Church Family Life Center, 111 Efird St., Lexington. $55 (preregistration required). Zumba is a combination of hip hop and Latin rhythms with easy-to-follow dance moves. Also offering early-morning aerobics, lunchtime fitness classes, strength training, pilates and low-impact cardio. (803) 996-8440 or go to www.lexingtonbaptist.org and click on the recreation link.
ADULT EDUCATION AND ENGLISH AS A SECOND LANGUAGE CLASSES: 9 a.m.-noon Tuesdays (GED) and Wednesdays (ESL) at Gilbert Primary School, 520 Main St., Gilbert. Free; child care will be provided by the GPS Parenting Center. (803) 821-1400
LEXINGTON 2 ADULT EDUCATION: Certified Nursing Assistant classes, 6-9 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays, Feb. 2-April 1 or 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays, March 1-31, April 19-May 18, May 31-June 30; $575. Offering GED preparation at Gaston and Swansea, WorkKeys, high school diploma, English as a Second Language and GED online. Classes meet at Granby Education Center, 1407 Dunbar Road, Cayce. (803) 739-4048
MIDLANDS TECHNICAL COLLEGE: Accepting registration for the following continuing education classes: Beginner's Motorcycle, First Aid for Your Pet, Defensive Driving, Financial Strategies for Successful Retirement, French I, German I, Italian II, Basic Photography, Intermediate Motorcycle, Health & Safety, Ballroom Dancing and Experienced Motorcycle. (803) 732-0432; www.mtctraining.com
FOR ALL AGES
NAMI FAMILY-TO-FAMILY: 12-week course for families of adults with severe mental illnesses, 6-8:30 p.m. Tuesdays, Feb. 23-May 11 at Pilgrim Lutheran Church, 1430 N. Lake Drive, Lexington. Free; preregistration is required. (803) 776-4000, ext. 4116; e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
THE HUB: Community learning center for at-risk and low-income students and adults, provides free tutoring, life courses, college and career planning and a computer lab with free Internet access. Hours of operation are 3-7 p.m. Tuesdays through Thursdays at 1234 St. Andrews Road. Sponsored by Right Direction Christian Center. (803) 798-1230; www.rightdirection.info
MANGO LANGUAGES: Online language courses now available at the Lexington County Public Library System. Patrons may choose from Brazilian Portuguese, Spanish, Japanese, French, German, Italian, Greek, Russian, Mandarin Chinese and ESL for Polish, Spanish and Brazilian Portuguese speakers (with more to come). (803) 785-2680; www.lexlib.sc.us
YOGA WITHOUT WALLS: 7:30-8:30 p.m. Mondays at the Kershaw Recreation Department, 1042 W. Dekalb St., Camden. Monthly fee, $36; (803) 425-6009. 6:55-7:55 p.m. Thursdays at the Camden Library, 1304 Broad St.; donations accepted; (803) 425-1508. 8:30-9:30 a.m. Saturdays at Grace Episcopal Church, 1315 Lyttleton St., Camden. www.yogawithoutwalls.net
VISUAL ARTS CLASSES: 4 p.m. and 5 p.m. Tuesdays or Thursdays, Crescent Lake, Blythewood. LaDonna Dixon, (803) 735-9982
NO EXCUSE FOR CHILD ABUSE: 9 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 27, at Second Calvary Baptist Church, 1110 Mason Road. Seminar is open to ages 6-12 and adults; participants are asked to bring a nonperishable food item for the needy. Children must be accompanied by a parent. (803) 736-9381
HOPKINS PARK: Basic drawing for ages 12 and older, 6-7 p.m. Mondays through April 26; $10. Ceramics classes for ages 12 and older, 6-8 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays through April 28; $20. Spades tournament for ages 12 and older, 6-8 p.m. Thursdays through April 29; $2 entry fee. All activities at 100 Hopkins Park Road, Hopkins. Lee Davis, (803) 783-9374
ARTS PROGRAMS: Columbia Parks and Recreation department is offering Open Studio/Clay at the Arts Center, 1932 Calhoun St. $70, includes one bag of clay ($60, without clay; additional clay $12.50 for 25 pounds). Group mini-course, $3 per person plus $15 for clay. (803) 545-3091
ART CLASSES: Enrolling all ages, Art Shack Gallery and Cafe, 2701-A Rosewood Drive. (803) 799-9409 or go to www.artshackgallery.com to register.
TRADITIONAL KARATE CLASSES: Classes forming for ages 6 through adult at Shotokan Karate Center, 528 Columbia Ave., Lexington. $90 month. (803) 359-3632
Advance registration required for most programs
ST. ANDREWS REGIONAL BRANCH: Story Time for all ages, 10:30 a.m. Saturdays. Pine Needle Basketry for adults, 3 p.m. Saturdays through Feb. 27; at the end of the course, you'll have your own masterpiece. Let's Speak English for adults, 10 a.m. Tuesdays. Sew Divine, A Gathering of Crafters for adults, 12:30-2:30 p.m. Tuesday. Hey! Listen to This!, stories and songs for all ages, 4 p.m. Tuesdays. Read with Curious George for all ages, 10:30 a.m. Wednesdays. Teen video game challenge, 3-5 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 18. Chinese Dragon Parade for ages 6-12, 3:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 18. Mind Games for adults, 1-3 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 23; keep your mind sharp with Sudoku, chess or crosswords. Computer Basics: Introduction to Computers for adults, 7 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 23. 2916 Broad River Road, (803) 772-6675
THE LINK, BALLENTINE: Hey! Listen to This!, 11 a.m. Fridays; stories and songs for all ages. Pajamarama Story Time for all ages, 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 18. 1321 Dutch Fork Road, (803) 781-5026
SANDHILLS BRANCH: Preschool Story Time for ages 3-5, 10:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. Thursdays. hip2craft for adults, 6:30 tonight. Writing Assistance for all ages, 6:30-8:30 p.m. Thursdays; half-hour consultations available on a drop-in basis. Now I Am One!, stories and songs for you and your child age 12-23 months, 11 a.m. Mondays. Let's Speak English for adults, 11:30 a.m. Tuesdays. Sew Divine, A Gathering of Crafters for adults, 1-2:30 p.m. Tuesdays. Kids Kraft, 3:30 p.m. Tuesday; balloon animals craft session for ages 6-8. Book Group for adults, 1 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 18. Story Time for all ages, 11 a.m. Saturdays, Feb. 20, 27. Around the World in 80 Minutes for ages 6-8, 3 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 20. Your P's and Q's, 3:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 23; etiquette program for ages 9-12. 1 Summit Parkway, (803) 699-9230
NORTHEAST REGIONAL BRANCH: Now I Am One! stories and songs for you and your child age 12-23 months, 10:30 a.m. Thursdays. Book Group for adults, 7 tonight. Be My Valentine, 11 a.m. Saturday; story and craft session for all ages. hip2craft for adults, 2:30 p.m. Saturday. Hey! Listen to This!, stories and songs for all ages, 10:30 a.m. Mondays. Let's Speak English for adults, 7 p.m. Mondays. Sew Divine, A Gathering of Crafters for adults, 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Tuesday. Celebrating the Past - Looking Toward the Future, 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 18; Terrance Acox and Xavier McDaniel discuss their careers and offer inspiration to dream big. Drop-in Craft Day for all ages, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Friday, Feb. 19. Story Time for all ages, 11 a.m. Saturdays, Feb. 20, 27. Financial Planning for Teens, 3 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 20. Teen Advisory Board, 3:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 20. Infant and Toddler Sign Language for adults, 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 24; learn the developmental benefits of sign language and basics that you can practice with your child. Computer basics, E-Mail Basics for adults, 3 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 27. 7490 Parklane Road, (803) 736-6575
BLYTHEWOOD BRANCH: Hey! Listen to This!, stories and songs for all ages, 10:30 a.m. Fridays. 218 McNulty Road, (803) 691-9806
COOPER BRANCH: Now I Am One!, stories and songs for you and your child age 12-23 months, 10:30 a.m. today. Mid-Winter Games for ages 9-12, 3 p.m. Saturday; try your hand at some of the latest PS2 and Wii games. Germs, Germs, Germs!, 3:30 p.m. Tuesday; science-based program from EdVenture shows ages 3-12 how to stay healthy. Knitwits for teens, 6-7:30 p.m. Tuesday; knitting basics, all materials provided. Family Story Time for all ages, 10:30 a.m. Wednesday. Groove Line for adults, 6:30 p.m. Wednesdays. Garden Like a Master: Orchids for adults, 10 a.m. Friday, Feb. 19; learn the basics from Midlands Master Gardeners. Get Teen Tech Savvy, 6 p.m. Monday, Feb. 22; learn about library databases, create a wiki and share ideas. Mother Goose Story Time for you and your child 12 months and younger, 10:30 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 25. 5317 N. Trenholm Road, (803) 787-3462
SOUTHEAST REGIONAL BRANCH: Mother Goose Story Time for you and your child 12 months and younger, 9:30 a.m. today.. Family History Workshop for adults, 6:30 tonight. Computer Basics: My RCPL for adults, 9:30 a.m. Saturday. Story Time for all ages, 11 a.m. Saturdays. Teen Advisory Board, 3 p.m. Saturday. Celebrate Black History Month, all-ages story session, 7 p.m. Monday. Get Your Resume Ready for adults, 9:30 a.m. Tuesda and 6 p.m. Wednesday. Bring work and education history and contact information for three professional references. Now I Am One! stories and songs for your child age 12-23 months, 9:30 a.m. Tuesday. Let's Speak English for adults, 7 p.m. Tuesdays. Hey! Listen to This! for all ages, 10:30 a.m. Wednesdays. Third Thursday Book Group for adults, 7 p.m. Feb. 18. Computer Basics: E-Mail Basics for adults, 9:30 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 20 and Tuesday, Feb. 23. Musica, Cuentos, y Mucho Mas, Latino music and stories for all ages, 11 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 20. Voices of Our People, 7 p.m. Monday, Feb. 22; a celebration of African-American history and culture through poetry, music and dance for teens and adults. Computer Basics: Microsoft Word 2007 Overview for adults, 9:30 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 27. Germs, Germs, Germs!, 11 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 27; science-based program from EdVenture Children's Museum teaches ages 3-12 how to stay healthy. Family History Workshop: African-American Genealogy for adults, 2 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 27. 7421 Garners Ferry Road, (803) 776-0855
NORTH MAIN BRANCH: Be My Valentine for all ages, 4 p.m. today. Computer Basics: Basic Internet for adults, 6:30 p.m. Thursdays and 11 a.m. Mondays. Voices of Our People for all ages, 6:30 p.m. Monday; songs, poems and speeches written by famous African-Americans. Hey! Listen to This! for all ages, 11 a.m. Tuesdays. Page Turners Book Club for adults, 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 23; selection is "Faith Under Fire" by Lajoyce Brookshire. Representing Our Yesterdays, Todays and Tomorrows for all ages, 11 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 27. 5306 N. Main St., (803) 754-7734
EASTOVER BRANCH: Game Day: The Old Fashioned Way, board games for all ages, 2:30-5:30 p.m. Monday. Game On! Video Game challenge for teens, 2-5:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 20 and 9 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 21. Tween Screen for ages 9-12, 3:30 p.m. Monday, Feb. 22; kick back at the library with the movie "Race to Witch Mountain" and refreshments. 608 Main St., Eastover, (803) 353-8584
WHEATLEY BRANCH: Year of the Tiger, Chinese New Year celebration for ages 5-12, 10:30 a.m. Friday. February Celebration for all ages, 10:30 a.m. Friday, Feb. 26; stories in the African-American tradition with storyteller Darion McCloud. 4931 Woodrow St., (803) 799-5873
MAIN LIBRARY: Hey! Listen to This!, stories and songs for all ages, 10:30 a.m. Thursdays. Hands-on Art for ages 2-5, 11 a.m. Friday; dress for a mess. Computer Basics: Introduction to Computers for adults, 10 a.m. Saturday. Jazz on a Saturday Morning for all ages, 10:30 a.m. Saturday. Garden Like a Master: For the Love of Roses for adults, 3 p.m. Sunday; Midlands Master Gardeners have tips on planting and care of suitable cultivars. Teen Otaku Association, 6-8 p.m. Mondays. Computer Basics: Typing for adults, 6:30 p.m. Monday. Preschool Story Time for ages 3-5, 3:30 p.m. Tuesdays. Let's Speak English for adults, 10 a.m. Wednesdays. Computer Basics; Basic Internet for adults, 2:30 p.m. Wednesday. Growing Your Business for adults, 9:30 a.m.-noon Thursday, Feb. 18. Lunch and Listen for all ages, 12:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 18; bring your lunch and enjoy the sounds of jazz vocalist Eboni Ramm. Finding a Job Online for adults, 2:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 18. "The Gospel Root Chaser" for adults, 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 18. Wii Are the Champions, video game challenge for ages 6-12, 3 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 20. Choosing Quality Child Care for adults, 3 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 21. Toddler Story Time for 2-year-olds, 10:30 a.m. Monday, Feb. 22. Writing Your Family History for adults, 6 p.m. Monday, Feb. 22. Pajamarama Puppets for all ages, 7 p.m. Monday, Feb. 22. Mother Goose Story Time for you and your child 12 months and younger, 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 23. Literary Discussion Group for adults, 10 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 23; selection is "Murder on Marble Row" by Victoria Thompson. Ward One for all ages, 7 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 23; USC's Bobby Donaldson discusses his research on Columbia's historic Ward One community. Now I Am One!, songs and stories for you and your child age 12-23 months, 9:30 and 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 24. Southern Writers Series with Percival Everett ("I Am Not Sidney Poitier"), 6 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 24. Computer Basics: E-Mail Basics for adults, 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 24. Get Your Resume Ready for adults, 2:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 25. Afternoon of Puppets for all ages, 4 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 25. Art and Artifacts from South Carolina's Fall Line, 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 25. Financial Aid 101 for teens, 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 27; folks from USC's TRIO program make sense of college financial aid forms. Remembering Why We Sing for all ages, 3 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 28; Frankie L. Goodman of the Center for Southern African-American music traces the history of sacred music, from spirituals to modern gospel. 1431 Assembly St., (803) 799-9084
CAMDEN BRANCH: Baby Story Time for you and your child age 2 and younger, 10:30 a.m. Thursdays . Enjoying Word 2003 computer class for adults, 2:30-4 p.m. today. XL2 for adults, 2:30-4 p.m. Monday,. After School @ the Library: Mask Masquerade for ages 6-12, 4 p.m. Tuesday. Get Set to Read for ages 3-4, 10:30 a.m. Wednesdays. Reader's Story Time for homeschoolers ages 5-9, 11:15 a.m. Wednesdays. Lunch Bunch Stories, 1 p.m. Wednesdays; ideal for ages 4-5 who enjoy the library after preschool. Book Club for adults, 6:30-8 p.m. Wednesday. Enjoying PowerPoint 2003 computer class for adults, 10:30 a.m.-noon Saturday, Feb. 20. XL3 for adults, 2:30-4 p.m. Monday, Feb. 22. After School @ the Library: Acting Cinderella for ages 8-12, 4 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 23. Enjoying the Internet computer class for adults, 2:30-4 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 25. 1304 Broad St., (803) 425-1508
ELGIN BRANCH: After School @ the Library: Valentine Roses for ages 8-12, 4 p.m. today. Get Set to Read for ages 3-4, 10:30 a.m. Mondays. Baby Story Time for you and your child ages 2 and younger, 10:30 a.m.Mondays. After School @ the Library: Mask Masquerade for ages 6-12, 4 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 18. After School @ the Library: Acting Cinderella for ages 8-12, 4 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 25. 2652 Main St., (803) 438-7881
The Lexington County Library will be closed Monday in observance of Presidents Day.
IRMO BRANCH: Books and Beyond for students in grades 5K through 5, 4 p.m. today. Anti-Valentine's Chocolate Fest for students in grades 6-12, 3 p.m. Saturday. Preschool Story Time for ages 3-5, 10:30 a.m. Tuesdays and 2 p.m. Wednesdays. Toddlertime for you and your child ages 12-23 months, 9:30 a.m. Wednesdays and Thursdays; sessions for ages 24-35 months meet at 10:30 a.m. same days. Book Discussion for students in grades 3-5, 4 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 23; selection is "Chasing Vermeer" by Blue Balliett. Bagels and Books for students in grades 6-12, 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 25. 6251 St. Andrews Road, (803) 798-7880
CHAPIN BRANCH: Books and Beyond, Valentine story and craft session for students in kindergarten through fifth grade, 5:30 p.m. today. Toddlertime for you and your child ages 18-35 months, 11 a.m. Fridays. Preschool Story Time for ages 3-5, 1 p.m. Wednesdays. 129 N.W. Columbia Ave., (803) 345-5479
CAYCE-WEST COLUMBIA BRANCH: Movie Afternoon for all ages, 3:30 p.m. today. Storytelling festival for all ages, 2 p.m. Saturday. Toddlertime for you and your child 23 months and younger, 10 a.m. Mondays; sessions for ages 24-35 months meet at 10:45 a.m. Creative Dramatics, theater games and improvisation for ages 10-13, 4 p.m. Mondays; sessions for ages 6-9 meet at 4 p.m. Tuesdays. All-ages homeschoolers series on the nighttime sky, 1 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 18. Bedtime Story Time for all ages, 6 p.m. Monday, Feb. 22. Preschool Story Time for ages 3-5 years, 10:45 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 23. 1500 Augusta Road, West Columbia, (803) 794-6791
GASTON BRANCH: Preschool Story Time for ages 3-5, 10:30 a.m. Tuesdays. Books and Beyond, stories and activities for ages 5 and older, 4 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 18. 3214 S. Main St., (803) 791-3208
SWANSEA BRANCH: Preschool Story Time for ages 3-6, noon Tuesdays. Chocolate Fest, program for students in grades 6-12, 4 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 18. 49 N. Lawrence Ave., (803) 785-3519
SOUTH CONGAREE-PINE RIDGE BRANCH: Books and Beyond craft and story session for students in 5K through grade 5, 3:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 19. Toddlertime for you and your child ages 18-35 months, 10:30 a.m. Monday, Feb. 22 Preschool Story Time for ages 3-5, 11:15 a.m. Monday, Feb. 22. Love Stinks! chocolate party for students in grades 6-12, 4 p.m. Friday, Feb. 26. 200 Sunset Drive, West Columbia. (803) 785-3050
LEXINGTON MAIN LIBRARY: Teen Time: Get Your Game On for students in grades 6-12, 2 p.m. Saturday. Teen Time: Anime Kessha for students in grades 6-12, 3 p.m. Sunday. Toddlertime for you and your child ages 24-35 months, 9:30, 10:30 a.m. Tuesdays and 11:30 a.m. Thursdays. Preschool Story Time for ages 3-6, 11:30 a.m., 3:30 p.m. Tuesdays and 11:30 a.m. Wednesdays. Teen Time: Fantastical Creatures for students in grades 6-12, 4:30 p.m. Tuesday. Lapsit for you and your child 11 months and younger, 9:30 a.m. Wednesdays. Between the Lines, book discussion for ages 8-12, 4 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 18; selection is "Extra Credit" by Andrew Clements. Retirement planning workshop for ages 18 and older, 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 23. 5440 Augusta Road, (803) 785-2600
GILBERT-SUMMIT BRANCH: Toddlertime for you and your child ages 18-35 months, 10:30 a.m. Tuesday. Preschool Story Time for ages 3-5, 11:15 a.m. Tuesday. Books and Beyond story and craft session for ages 6 and older, 2:45 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 18. 110 Broad St., (803) 785-5387
PELION BRANCH: Preschool Story Time for ages 2-5, 11 a.m. Wednesdays. Bedtime Story Time for all ages, 6 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 18. Family Movie Morning for all ages, 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 20. 1206 Pine St., (803) 785-3272
BATESBURG-LEESVILLE BRANCH: Books and Beyond craft and story session for students in grades 1-5, 4 p.m. today. Toddlertime for you and your child ages 18-35 months, 10 a.m. Wednesday. Preschool Story Time for ages 3-6, 10:45 a.m. Wednesdays. 203 Armory St., (803) 532-9223
KENNERLY ROAD BAPTIST: Revival services, Sunday through Friday, Feb. 19 Church, 1526 Kennerly Road. Steve Pettit will speak at 6 p.m. Sunday and 7 p.m. during the week. Children's programs are planned and a nursery will be provided; teens will meet at 5:15 p.m. Sunday and 6:15 p.m. Monday through Wednesday and will participate in a Cola Wars competition at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 18. An Irish concert will be part of the Friday service. (803) 732-9797
CHRISTIAN LIFE CHURCH: Cleansing Stream ministries seminar, 11 a.m. or 6 p.m. Sundays, Feb. 28-May 30, at 2700 Bush River Road. Twelve-week session will include a 24-hour retreat. $89; couples, $124 (scholarships available). Child care for ages 11 and younger with preregistration. Free orientation classes will be Sunday, following the 9 and 11 a.m. services in room 250. (803) 261-5639
CORNERSTONE CHURCH: "An Evening with Chef Jean-Claude Mille," 6:30 p.m. Saturday at 5637 Bush River Road. Dinner and testimony, $20. (803) 749-7496
NORTHEAST PRESBYTERIAN: Sportsman's banquet, 6 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 27, at 601 Polo Road. Sponsored by the Sandhills Chapter of Ironman Outdoor Ministries, the event will feature Troy Ruiz. Tickets are $20 and include a catered dinner by Hudson's Smokehouse and raffle prizes. Proceeds will fund trips and retreat scholarships. (803) 451-4601 or go to www.ironmanoutdoors.org
REHOBOTH BAPTIST: 131st anniversary celebration, 3 p.m. Sunday at 4646 Hard Scabble Road. Guest speaker will be the Rev. Artis Beauford of Armenia Baptist Church in Lancaster. (803) 788-3397
ST. DAVID'S EPISCOPAL: Shrove Tuesday pancake supper, 6 p.m. Tuesday at 605 Polo Road. Ash Wednesday services, 7 a.m., noon and 6 p.m. Wednesday. (7803) 736-0866; www.stdavidscolumbia.org
VILLAGECHURCH: Women of Purpose Bible study group meets 9:30-11:30 a.m. the second and fourth Fridays monthly at 514 Rimer Pond Road, Blythewood. (803) 419-0989
BETH SHALOM SYNAGOGUE: Yeshiva night, "Meaningful Jewish Community in the 21st Century," 4-6 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 21, at 5827 N. Trenholm Road. RSVP to (803) 782-2500
KILBOURNE PARK BAPTIST: "Answers in Genesis" creation science seminar with Mark Riddle, 10 a.m. Sunday and Monday at 4205 Kilbourne Road. Schedule at www.kilbournepark.org or call (803) 787-3371.
FIRST BAPTIST: Keith and Kristyn Getty in concert, 6 p.m. Sunday at 1306 Hampton St. Free; doors open at 5 p.m. (803) 343-8550; www.firstbaptistcolumbia.com
GOOD SHEPHERD HOLINESS: Winter clothes giveaway, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday at 6824 Cabin Creek Road, Hopkins. Coats, sweaters, scarves, hats, gloves and blankets for those in need. (803) 776-1309
FIRST CALVARY BAPTIST: Tom Thumb Wedding, 4 p.m. Saturday at 1401 Pine St. Sponsored by the Senior Ladies Usher Board Ministry and the Young People's Christian Association, the wedding will be followed by a reception in the fellowship hall. $5; proceeds will benefit church projects. (803) 647-7686
ST. JOHN BAPTIST: "40 Days of 'The Purpose Driven Life'" campaign kickoff Sunday at 3404 W. Beltline Blvd. Groups will study "The Purpose Driven Life" by Rick Warren. (803) 254-4170
ST. DAVID LUTHERAN: Shrove Tuesday pancake supper, 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at 132 St. Davids Church Road, West Columbia. Ash Wednesday services, noon and 7 p.m. Wednesday. (803) 356-3035
MUSIC, ARTS, THEATER
COLUMBIA BAROQUE SOLOISTS: "A Baroque Valentine," music, refreshments and more, 4 p.m. Sunday at Shandon United Methodist Church, 3407 Devine St. $25. (803) 256-8383, ext. 113
WINTER PERFORMING ARTS SERIES: 7 p.m. Tuesdays through March 23 at Columbia Children's Theater, Midtown at Forest Acres (Forest Drive and Beltline Boulevard). This week's performance will feature jazz singer Eboni Ramm for adults and older teens. Presented by the Cultural Council of Richland and Lexington Counties and the city of Forest Acres. (803) 799-3115
"CINDERELLA": Friday through Sunday, Feb. 21, at Columbia Children's Theatre, Midtown at Forest Acres. Show times are 7 p.m. Fridays; 10:30 a.m., 2 p.m. Saturdays; 3 p.m. Sundays. A special performance is scheduled for 7 p.m. Saturday. Tickets are $6, available at www.columbiachildrenstheatre.com
BARRAGE VIOLIN ENSEMBLE: 7:30 p.m. Monday, Feb. 22, at Richland 2 Auditorium, 7500 Brookfield Road. $15; students, $10, available at www.districtauditorium.org
SANDLAPPER SINGERS: "American Places," 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 18, at Dreher auditorium, 3319 Millwood Ave. $15; military and ages 60 and older, $12; students, $5. (803) 381-5481; www.sandlappersingers.org
"LOST DREAMS - HAS THE DREAM BECOME A VIRTUAL NIGHTMARE?": Play written by Leasharn M. Hopkins, 5 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 20, at Booker Washington Heights Cultural Arts Center, 2611 Grant St. Free. (803) 255-8161, (803) 238-5497
FESTIVAL OF CHOIRS: Spring Valley High, Dutch Fork High choirs, Coker College Singers and Columbia Choral Society in concert, 4 p.m. Sunday at St. Peter's Catholic Church, 1529 Assembly St. $12; seniors and students, $10. (803) 933-9060; www.columbiachoralsociety.org
SONRISE: In concert, 6:30 p.m. Saturday at J&M Singing Center, 1704 Pond Branch Road, Gilbert. A love offering will be taken. (803) 553-3567; (803) 553-3568
GABRIEL'S CALL AND THE KEN CLUBB SINGERS: In concert, 7 p.m. Saturday at Yellow Rock Hall, 2211 Platt Springs Road, West Columbia.
CHILD AND PARENT SOCCER CLINIC: 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday at the USC Soccer Field/Stadium on Whaley Street. Hosted by the USC men's varsity soccer team and coaches and the YMCA Columbia United, the clinic is open to ages 4-14 (all levels of play) and their parents. $35 per child, $20 for additional siblings. Proceeds will benefit Children's Chance, an organization that focuses on nonmedical needs for children and families affected by pediatric cancer. (803) 254-5996; e-mail email@example.com
DREAM RIDERS BENEFIT HORSE SHOW: 9 a.m. Saturday at Red Bank Arena, 1159 Nazareth Road, Lexington. Registration starts at 8 a.m. Class fee, $8; office fee, $3 per horse/rider combination; proof of negative Coggins (12 months) required. Food and beverage concession. Proceeds benefit Dream Riders Therapeutic Horseback Riding Program. (803) 957-7906; e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
PALLADIUM SOCIETY CHILI COOK-OFF: 5-8 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 27, in the Ellison Building at the State Fairgrounds. Live music by Gaslight Street and prizes for the winning cooks. Advance tickets are $20; members, $15; at the door, $25/$20 (includes beer, wine, samplings of entries and serving of house chili) (803) 252-7742, ext. 29. Entry fee is $15; deadline is Monday, Feb. 22. Call (803) 252-7742, ext. 22 or go to www.historiccolumbia.org. Proceeds will benefit the Historic Columbia Foundation.
LCLEOA CHILI COOK-OFF: 3 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 21, at PURE Ultra Lounge and Bistro, 14 Berryhill Road. Tickets are $5; ages 12 and younger eat free. Proceeds will benefit the Lexington County Law Enforcement Officers' Association's scholarship, Christmas and relief funds. (803) 429-3889; www.lcleoa.org
CAR WASH FOR HAITI: 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday at Good Shepherd Holiness Church, 6824 Cabin Creek Road, Hopkins. All proceeds will benefit the Haiti Relief Fund. (803) 776-1309
CHILDREN'S CONSIGNMENT SALE: Friday, Feb. 26 and Saturday, Feb. 27 at Bethel Preschool, 4600 Daniel Drive. Registration required for sellers, e-mail email@example.com for information and consignor number. Drop off dates are Tuesday and Wednesday, Feb. 23, 24.
MAYORAL CANDIDATES FORUM: 6-8 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 18, at Capital Senior Center, 1650 Park Circle (Maxcy Gregg Park). Candidates for Columbia mayor will discuss issues affecting seniors. (803) 779-1971
MILLICAN LITERARY FESTIVAL: 7 p.m. Friday at USC's Swearingen Engineering Center, 315 S. Main St. "Beat 2 Hip, Bridging Generations" is a tribute to Arthenia Bates-Millican, poet, writer, professor, researcher and humanitarian. Deynote speaker will be Amiri Barka (Leroi Jones). Sponsored by USC's College of Education, South Caroliniana Library, University South Caroliniana Society, Institute for African-American Research and the African-American Studies program.